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Mac Naughton named top Walmart merchant

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. — Less than three months after joining Walmart’s merchandising organization as an executive VP, Duncan Mac Naughton on Friday was elevated to the role of chief merchandising officer for the U.S. stores division.

The timing of the move was curious considering that Mac Naughton joined Walmart’s U.S. team in October 2010 as part of a merchandising restructuring that created an organization with merchandising responsibilities divided among four executive VPs who reported directly to Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon. At the time, Mac Naughton was given oversight of Walmart’s consumables, health and wellness and Walmart.com businesses.

Simon didn’t elaborate on the timing of Mac Naughton’s move and there was no mention in the press release announcing the promotion or whether other changes were made within the merchandising group.

Prior to joining Walmart U.S. last fall, Mac Naughton had served as chief merchandising officer of Walmart Canada since 2009. Before that he served at executive VP merchandising and marketing at Supervalu and has also held position with Kraft Foods, H.E. Butt Grocery Co. and Albertson’s.

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Sears Holdings names head of home fashions

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears Holdingsannounced that retail veteran Chris Capuano will jointhe company as SVP and president home fashions. She will be responsiblefor the oversight, leadership and growth of the in-store and onlinemerchandising of home fashions in both the Sears and Kmart formats.

"Chris has had extensive experience in leading all aspects of homefashions," said John Goodman, EVP apparel and home for Sears Holdings. "Herdedication and background will be a strong asset as we continue to evolveour brands at both formats."

Capuano most recently served as EVP, GMM home and footwear at Kohl’swhere she was responsible for the growth and profitability of more than 900stores across the country. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Chris was the SVP homefor Federated Merchandising Group. During her eight-year tenure, she held anumber of positions of increasing responsibility and was credited withstrong leadership development, successful exclusive and private brandlaunches and overall profitability improvement. This success mirrored herdistinguished 16-year career with Macy’s, where she was VP/DMM home textiles, before joining Federated. At Macy’s, Chris grew her career in thehome and apparel categories starting as a buyer and ending as SVP home.

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Mac Naughton just the beginning of more moves at Walmart

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — It turns out the announcement earlier today by Walmart that Duncan Mac Naughton would serve as head merchant of the company’s U.S. division was but one component of a more extensive shakeup at the company.

Walmart issued a press release early Friday that Mac Naugton had been named CMO after serving just three months as EVP merchandising responsible for health and wellness, consumables and Walmart.com. However, other personnel moves and restructuring actions were disclosed only in internal company announcements beginning with a message from Wal-Mart Stores president and CEO Mike Duke under the heading of “How we are building the next generation Walmart.”

According to Duke, who was fresh off a trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where Walmart hosted a breakfast, the next generation Walmart is one where the company could serve as many as one billion customers a week.

“If we are going to continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, we must adapt to reach them on their terms. We’ll do this by collaborating in new ways globally, leveraging our talent and developing way to service customers anytime, anyplace,” according to Duke.

Accordingly, Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon elevated Mac Naugton to the chief merchant role and then in an internal announcement spelled out several other moves, but did not mention who would be filling Mac Naughton’s shoes.

In operations, Raul Vasquez, who served briefly as EVP of Walmart’s western division was given a new role as EVP global e-commerce. Filling his position is Michael Bender who joined Walmart in 2009 from Cardinal Health and previously served as SVP of Walmart’s mountain division. Rosalind Brewer will serve as EVP of Walmart’s eastern division and fill a position previously occupied by Hank Mullaney. Mike Moore will serve as EVP of the central region.

With Vasquez’s move to Global eCommerce he will over developed markets as part of a restructuring implemented by vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright. He announced that Wan Ling Martello would serve as EVP of Global eCommerce for emerging markets and business development. The company also expects to name an EVP and chief technology officer for its Global eCommerce unit.

Castro-Wright said that Walmart global group created a year ago has a strong foundation in place but the new structure “will ensure we are responsive to all of the multi-channel shopping needs of our customers across every market.”

In addition to the U.S. merchandising and operations changes and the Global eCommerce developments, Walmart executives Rollin Ford, chief information officer, and Sam’s Club president and CEO Brian Cornell, announced a new team called Global Business Processes that will be led by Rick Webb as SVP innovations.

In the new role, Webb will be responsible for enhancing Walmart customers shopping experience, increasing the effectiveness of the merchandising, planning and marketing organizations and identifying opportunities to better optimize merchandise flow. Webb reports to Ford.

The company also created a new organization call Global Customer Insight and indicated it would soon name someone to lead the group.

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